Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Confirmed: Apple schedules iPad-centric event for Oct. 22

On Tuesday, Apple confirmed (via AllThingsD) what has been rumored for some time: The company will hold an Oct. 22 event which is expected to be iPad-centric.

The location of the event is the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, one of its prime locations for big announcements such as this. The text on the colorful invitation reads: “We still have a lot to cover.”

While we expect that the event will be iPad-centric, focusing on the iPad 5 and a second-generation iPad mini, we also expect that the company will update folks on the new Mac Pro and the upcoming OS X Mavericks, too.

Although that seems like a lot "to cover," it also sounds, from the invitation text, like Apple might be releasing a new Smart Cover design, or at least a number of different colors for its iPad "case."

The new iPad is expected to be thinner and lighter design with an iPad mini bezel design. It might have a Touch ID sensor, but that's unclear. Both it and its smaller brethren are expected to be updated to Apple's new A7 chip, most likely via an A7X chipset to cover the Retina display.

Speaking of the iPad mini and a Retina display, that, however, is still a question mark. Long-running rumors say that the device will get an upgraded display, and if it does not, you'd expect Android fans to make hay over it, based on the recent 7-inch Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 (2013 version) launches.

When will these be released to retail? Past history would point to a week from the Friday following the press event, which would be Nov. 1. The question now is will anyone show up in costume from the night before.

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